John Franklyn Mars
|Born||John Franklyn Mars
October 15, 1935 (age 79)
|Education||Hotchkiss School (1949)
Yale University (BA/BS)
|Occupation||Chairman of Mars, Inc.|
|Net worth||US$25.2 billion (June 2015)|
|Spouse(s)||Adrienne Bevis (m. 1958)|
|Children||Linda Anne Mars
Frank Edward Mars
Michael John Mars
|Parent(s)||Forrest Mars, Sr. (1904–1999)
Audrey Mars (1910–1989)
|Relatives||Frank C. Mars (grandfather)
Forrest Mars, Jr. (brother)
Jacqueline Mars (sister)
He is the son of Forrest Mars, Sr., and grandson of Frank C. Mars, founders of the American candy company Mars, Incorporated. Mars graduated from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut in 1953 and Yale.
As a member of the Mars family, his share of the company and other assets were worth US$10 billion in September 2010, making him the 52nd richest person in the world and the 26th richest person in America, according to Forbes. As of October 2012, Mars is listed as the 30th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of 20.1 billion. According to Hurun Global Rich List 2015 he is 28th richest person in the world with a net worth of US$26 billion.
He married Adrienne Bevis in June 1958. They have three children: Linda Anne Mars born May 23, 1960 (age 55), Frank Edward Mars born March 13, 1963 (age 52), and Michael John Mars born November 22, 1967 (age 47).
He formerly lived in Arlington County, Virginia but now resides in Jackson, Wyoming. In the 2010 to 2014 Forbes ranking of personal wealth, Mars is the highest ranked person whose photograph was unavailable to the magazine.
In March 2015, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him a honorary knighthood at Windsor Castle.
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